Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

A creamy, dreamy, classic – Coconut Cream Pie, made from scratch & allergy-friendly.

Coconut Cream Pie, sweet & dreamy, vegan & nut-free
This post has been revised from its original with new photos & updated text since I remade this recipe.
 Coconut Cream Pie, sweet & dreamy, vegan & nut-free
This, my friends, is a Coconut Cream Pie that will beat all others!  Especially if you’re looking for an amazing, vegan & allergy-friendly dessert.

Coconut Cream Pie

A buttery graham cracker crust, filled with rich & creamy coconut cream & layered with LOTS of whipped cream and topped with toasted coconut. Now, who wouldn’t love that? At first, it may look like a lot of work is involved, but trust me, the effort pays off when everyone takes their first bite.

They begin with, “Oh my gosh, this is coconut cream pie is amazing.” And then they ask, “Did you make this?  Is this Vegan?  Can I have your recipe?”

I love it when that happens!

Allergy-friendly, coconut cream pie made from scratch without pudding mix

The most difficult part of this entire recipe is getting the meat out of the young Thai coconut.  I battled mine for a while last night when I was remaking this recipe and although I thought I may lose, I finally won!  Using a real coconut, you WILL make a mess, you WILL use lots of arm muscles but you WILL be proud of yourself when it’s all over. If you can’t find any or if you aren’t certain about trying this,  you can also use pre-sliced coconut meat usually found in the frozen fruit section.

Sweet & Buttery Graham Cracker Crust for our Coconut Cream Pie
A yummy graham cracker crust was the base for our coconut cream pie.  I just wanted to do something a little different from your traditional crust.  Enjoy Life Foods has Honey Graham Cookies that are made TOP 8 FREE & work wonderfully in this recipe.  I just love what the added crunch brings to each bite.
Coconut Cream Pie, sweet & dreamy, vegan & nut-free

Simply by blending the coconut meat along with a few other ingredients, you’ll get this creamy filling.  Don’t worry if it it looks a little funky….the coconut oil mixed with the lime juice will do that.   As long as its nice and smooth, then you’ve done it right.

BUT, before you add your creamy filling, the secret ingredient in this dessert is a layer of sliced bananas.  Not only does it add another level of flavor, but it also adds some extra sweetness so you don’t have to add lots of sugar to sweeten this up. DON’T skip this step.

Coconut Cream Pie, sweet & dreamy, vegan & nut-free
This cool, creamy dessert is everything you’re looking for in a coconut cream pie but be sure to add a layer of dairy-free whipped cream on top to take things to the next level.  And because we are coo-coo for coconut, we’re going to add some toasted coconut just for the fun of it!
And in case you love coconut as much as I do, how about trying Coffee Granita with Condensed Coconut Cream, Coconut Cloud Cheesecake Bar or Chocolate Coconut Cookies {vegan, gluten-free}.

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Coconut Cream Pie {vegan, nut-free}

Creamy, dreamy, classic Coconut Cream Pie made from fresh coconut, crunchy allergy-free cookies & topped with dairy-free whip!  A Summer's delight. 

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 C.  graham crackers- crushed (Enjoy Life Honey Graham Cookies)
  • 3 TB pure cane sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 C. earth balance coconut spread, melted 

Filling:

  • 2 C. young coconut meat (1 Thai Coconut) 
  • 2-4 TB agave - to taste Juice from 1 Lime 
  • 2 TB pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 C. virgin coconut oil 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt 
  • 1 C. coconut milk (from a carton) coconut water- if needed to thin 2 bananas, sliced

Optional Topping:

  • 1 C. shredded coconut
  • Whipped Topping (Coco Whip, MimiCreme or Whipped Coconut)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together the crumbs, sugar, salt and melted coconut spread.  Spread into a pie plate and press down to make crust, going a little up the sides.
  3.  Bake 15 minutes.  Take out and let cool. 
  4. Blend pie ingredients (EXCEPT bananas) together in a blender or processor until smooth.  Add a little coconut water if it it not swirling well.  
  5. Place sliced bananas on top of crust.  Pour filling on top of bananas.  Cover with saran wrap and place in fridge at least 3 hours to set (I let mine sit overnight).
  6. Before you serve, place shredded coconut on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake on 350, approx 10 minutes, to lightly brown.  Just watch it so it does not burn.  
  7. Take out the MimiCreme and follow instructions.  (Its really just using your blender and beating it until whipped and fluffy.)
  8. Take pie out of fridge, Top with the whipped MimiCreme, then cover with toasted coconut!

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Coconut Cream Pie, sweet & dreamy, vegan & nut-free

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13 Comments
  • Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    Posted at 15:31h, 31 May Reply

    Such a yummy pie! I love how easy it is to make.

  • Alisa Fleming
    Posted at 21:54h, 31 May Reply

    I actually just fell in love with coconut cream pie! I make it like yours, with lots of real coconut, not just pudding like so many recipes. I love that you use “young coconut meat”, too – I’ve never worked with that!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 15:50h, 01 June Reply

      Real coconut is so much better than the pudding for sure. The hardest part was breaking through the coconut shell 🙂 , that was a site to be seen.

  • Kortney
    Posted at 03:19h, 01 June Reply

    I’m allergic to bananas. Do you think it is ok to make without or do you suggest adding another fruit for sweetness?

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 15:47h, 01 June Reply

      You can totally omit the bananas if you are allergic. The whip makes it a little sweeter anyways so you’d be fine.

  • Michelle Palin
    Posted at 09:52h, 01 June Reply

    I’ve never seen a coconut cream pie made with fresh coconut meat! Genius! I bet the flavor is so much better!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 13:41h, 01 June Reply

      You’re right, the real coconut does bring out an awesome flavor. It was so much more fun to use.

  • Megan Ancheta
    Posted at 11:20h, 01 June Reply

    This looks so decadent and delicious! A perfect treat for a hot summer’s day. I can’t wait to try the recipe!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 13:37h, 01 June Reply

      I hope you do Megan. It’s decadent without being heavy.

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 13:39h, 01 June Reply

      I hope you do! It’s decadent without being heavy.

  • Sharon
    Posted at 10:26h, 02 June Reply

    Coconut Cream Pie has always been one of my favorites – this one looks great!

    • nicoleanndawson
      Posted at 18:26h, 04 June Reply

      Thanks Sharon! I’m so glad that I can still have it, just by changing some ingredients and making at home. So worth it.

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